Campion College has forged a partnership with Catholic Education Tasmania to deliver a new program to train teachers in Catholic teaching while giving them on-site practical experience.
The cadet teacher training model will allow aspiring Catholic teachers to undertake studies in primary or secondary schooling, including units from Campion’s religious education program.
The new model is run by the St Thomas Aquinas Teaching Schools Institute. The student teachers will spend one or two days a week as apprentice teachers in Catholic schools around Tasmania while conducting online units at Campion and elsewhere, as part of their full-time studies.
“We’re very proud to be teaming up with the St Thomas Aquinas Teaching Schools Institute to deliver this fantastic new program,” Campion president Paul Morrissey said.
“At Campion we’re very big believers in delivering an authentic Catholic education to our students, so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this to a new generation of Catholic teachers in Australia,” Dr Morrissey said.
After completing either a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Education or a two-year postgraduate Masters of Teaching, the new teachers will be qualified to teach anywhere in Australia.
The Teaching Schools Model has been set up to fill a gap in the Tasmanian Catholic education system, which requires students to either undertake additional studies in Catholic education following a teaching degree, or study interstate.